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With over 180 staff members, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of partners in historical societies, local history groups and local and state government, the Ohio History Connection champions all Ohio history, including the 50+ historic sites in the Society's network throughout Ohio.
The Ohio History Connection’s network of historical sites includes homes and memorials associated with US presidents such as Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, or Warren G. Harding. It includes early cultures and mound building sites such as Serpent Mound, Ft. Ancient, or Newark Earthworks. Some historic sites help visitors learn about the entrepreneurial and literary genius and diversity of Ohioans. Other historic sites in the network are nature preserves and are great places to hike and take photos such as Cedar Bog or Wahkeena.
From automobiles to wedding gowns, the Ohio History Connection’s history collections document both the ordinary and extraordinary stories of Ohioans. The Society collects, preserves, catalogs, manages and makes available to the public a vast collection of about 1.6 million objects in its museums across Ohio, and in its flagship museum in the Ohio History Center. Additionally, serving as the State Archives, allows people to discover the stories of the Ohioans who built our state’s farms, industries, businesses, schools, churches, social organizations, governments, and communities. Connecting people to the stories of Ohio is part of the daily work of the Society and is accomplished in part through educational efforts such as sponsoring National History Day in Ohio, and Ohio As America, an online textbook and curriculum for teaching the history of Ohio. Overseeing the Historical Markers program and the Local History Office are additional ways of connecting people to Ohio history.
A division within the Society, the State Historic Preservation Office is the State Historic Preservation Office for Ohio. The Office nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews rehabilitation work to historic buildings for tax credits, reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic properties, qualifies communities for the Certified Local Government program, and provides technical assistance and advice to the public.
Ohio's Story at Your Fingertips
Introducing Ohio as America — an exciting new online textbook with teaching tools that bring Ohio’s history to life like never before! Created for 4th grade history teachers by the Ohio History Connection, Ohio as America is a carefully compiled, online textbook that provides an accurate, up-to-date study of Ohio’s past in the most exciting format available today.
With Ohio as America, teachers have easier access to the materials they need, all in one location – including online lesson plans, student activities and assessment tools, videos, primary sources, an interactive map and more. With these tools, your preparation time is more efficient. Classroom lessons become more engaging. And best of all, learning is more exciting than ever for your students. All of the resources in Ohio as America are aligned to the 2010 Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards for social studies and support the English Language Arts Common Core.
NEW for the 2012-2013 school year, Ohio as America 8th grade edition! Aligned to the Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in social studies, the 8th grade edition highlights Ohio’s role within the American story, such as the War of 1812, Westward Expansion, the Abolition Movement, and the Civil War. The 8th grade edition is free with the purchase of the 4th grade edition. It is also available for a subscription charge.